The most important stories and data from the world of P2P lending and alternative finance.
With less than a couple of weeks until the new tax year, investors around UK are scrambling to make use of their ISA allowance before the 5 April deadline.
One of the ‘founding fathers of the p2p and marketplace lending industry – Zopa’s Giles Andrews has a new job. More specifically, another job. Andrews has just been announced as non-executive chairman of MarketInvoice, which recently passed the £1bn mark in invoices funded to date.
Pollen Street Capital-backed alternative lender Capitalflow has secured a new round of funding valued at £50m to finance its loans to Irish SMEs.
Two nuggets of good news for Funding Circle, which is just behind Zopa in the top spot as the UK’s largest P2P lender. Firstly, it is looking to raise a substantial amount of cash through its listed fund. Secondly, its – and Europe’s – first securitisation has seen a boost in the form of an upgrade from ratings agency Moody’s.
P2P platform Landbay is turning to crowdfunding for capital. The buy-to-let mortgage lending platform, is hosting a £1.5m equity crowdfunding round on Seedrs. Landbay is already overfunded, with more than £1.7m invested so far.
AltFi is returning to Amsterdam for its second annual Summit in the city. The inaugural event last year was a roaring success, with key figures from across Continental Europe's alternative finance and digital banking sectors highlighted. These included Jeroen Broekema, managing director of Funding Circle Netherlands, and Mieke van Engelen, head of innovative partnerships at ABN AMRO's standalone lending platform, New10.